Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.
Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo’s sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.
Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?
Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she’s going?
Sarah Dessen’s devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.
I really like the Sarah Dessen books that I’ve read. So when her latest book, “The Moon and More” came out this summer, it definitely went on my TBR list. I was really looking forward to reading it and discovering another Dessen protagonist and love story I could champion. About halfway through “The Moon and More,” it became clear that it would not dethrone “What Happened to Goodbye” as my favorite of Dessen’s books.
In “The Moon and More,” we find Emaline at a crossroads the summer before college. After being barely involved with her during most of her life, Emaline’s father has been encouraging her to work hard to get into an Ivy League college and promises to help her with the finances. his makes Emaline wonder if she can really leave Colby (the Southern beach town where she grew up), her mom, her dad (her adoptive father), her sisters, and Luke, her boyfriend.
Luke has known Emaline most of her life and was her sweetheart all through high school. Maybe that’s why they’re both questioning their relationship and wondering if there’s more out there for them. So naturally, Emaline meets Theo, a director’s assistant for a documentary on a local artist. The fact that he’s an outsider promises excitement for Emaline. She must decide whether the familiarity of her life is what she wants or if something new is on the horizon.
With her book,”The Moon and More” Dessen shows us how important our relationships are. She also reminds us that above all we must be true to ourselves.
“Life is long. Just because you don’t get your chance right when you want or expect it doesn’t mean it won’t come. Fate doesn’t punch a time clock or consult a schedule.”
“The thing is, you can’t always have the best of everything. Because for a life to be real, you need it all: good and bad, beach and concrete, the familiar and the unknown, big talkers and small towns.”
“There’s a difference between the words father and dad. And it’s more than three words.”
“It was such a weird thing how a breakup stretched much wider than you expected. You didn’t just lose a person, but their entire world as well.”